Red Bull Salzburg have moved to deny reports of a clause in the contract of Erling Braut Haaland, giving sister club Red Bull Leipzig first refusal on the in-demand star.
The Norwegian forward has emerged as one of the hottest properties in world football following a stunning start to the season for Salzburg, Haaland having scored 27 goals in all competitions including eight in five Champions League appearances.
The 19-year-old this week became the first teenager in Champions League history to score in five consecutive fixtures in the competition, his goalscoring exploits having attracted interest from across Europe with Manchester United said to be particularly keen.
However, reports had emerged in recent weeks that sister club Red Bull Leipzig had first refusal on the player, a clause allowing the Bundesliga side to sign Haaland for a fee of just £25.7m.
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Salzburg’s sporting director Christoph Freund has now moved to deny the existence of the clause, and insists the club would never give any suitors first refusal on any of their players.
“There is no such clause, that is not an issue for us,” Freund told Kicker.
“We would never own any club a right of advance to any player.
“That was not the case in the past and will not be the case in the future.”